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Cowboy classics : the roots of the American western in the epic tradition

Author: Kirsten Day
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©2016.
Series: Screening antiquity.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Compares the ancient epic and the American Western as parallel cultural narratives. Cowboy Classics looks at the remarkably intimate connection between Westerns and Greek and Roman epics, each of which focuses on a mythic-historical period from the past where our societal notions of what constitutes heroism, masculinity and honour were first forged. Through her insightful analysis of Red River, High Noon, Shane, The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2016285176
(OCoLC)946010105
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kirsten Day
ISBN: 9781474422055 1474422055 9781474402477 147440247X
OCLC Number: 960033657
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Prologue --
Introduction: Western film and the epic tradition --
Howard Hawk's Red River --
Fred Zinnemann's High noon --
George Steven's Shane --
John Ford's The searchers --
John Ford's The man who shot Liberty Valance --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Screening antiquity.
Responsibility: Kirsten Day.

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